Tuesday, September 20

Avatar_57x57

A trip to Scotland and an investigation of enduring belief:

I remember reading about the deathbed confession, and how strangely sad it made me, even though I had not, at that point, believed in the monster for years. How much sadder, I wondered, would it make those who still believed in the existence of a monster in Loch Ness?

Monday, September 19

Avatar_57x57

On being gay in the military, three years before Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell:

A vast majority of those interviewed had been interrogated at least once, and what they described was nearly the same. They said those under suspicion of homosexuality suffer bright lights in their eyes and sometimes handcuffs on their wrists, warnings that their parents will be informed or their hometown newspapers called, threats that their stripes will be torn off and they will pushed through the gates of the base before a jeering crowd.
Avatar_57x57

On the marriage of Ponzi schemer Ken Starr and his fourth wife, Diane Passage, whom he met while she was dancing at a strip club.

Avatar_57x57

On Timothy Treadwell, who lived and died by the bears of Alaska.

Avatar_57x57

On designer Jean Paul Gaultier and his inspirations.

Sunday, September 18

Avatar_57x57
Hartwick College didn’t really mean to annihilate the U.S. economy. A small liberal-arts school in the Catskills, Hartwick is the kind of sleepy institution that local worthies were in the habit of founding back in the 1790s; it counts a former ambassador to Belize among its more prominent alumni, and placidly reclines in its berth as the number-174-ranked liberal-arts college in the country. But along with charming buildings and a spring-fed lake, the college once possessed a rather more unusual feature: a slumbering giant of compound interest.
Avatar_57x57

A year with an autistic 20-year-old.

Avatar_57x57

A profile of lifelong thief and 13-time escapee Chris Gay, aka “Little Houdini.”

Avatar_57x57

On cell phones and the decline of public space.

One of the great irritations of modern technology is that when some new development has made my life palpably worse and is continuing to find new and different ways to bedevil it, I'm still allowed to complain for only a year or two before the peddlers of coolness start telling me to get over it already Grampaw--this is just the way life is now.

Saturday, September 17

Avatar_57x57

The story of the Caughnawagas, “the most footloose Indians in North America,” and their gradual assimilation.

Avatar_57x57

A profile of gallery owner Paula Cooper.

Friday, September 16

Avatar_57x57

A profile of Michel de Nostradame, better known as Nostradamus.